Isle of Purbeck, Assorted Cockram/Cockerham Wills in Sanwich/Swanage Isle of Purbeck
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Thomas Abbot, Yeoman of Ulway, Swanwich, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 20 March 1614/1615 (taken down by word of mouth in presence of Brewen Cockeram,
Clerk of Sandwich and Lewes Cockeram, Yeoman of Sandwich 11 April 1615).
- ‘being sick and weak of body’
- body to be buried in the church or churchyard of Sandwich
- Church of Sandwich: 20s
- Poor: 20s
- William Talbut (Godson), son of William, deceased: ewe and a lamb
- Pentecost Payne (kinsman), yeoman, late of Anderston, Dorset: acquitted of £3 which Pentecost owed him.
- Mary Payne (kinswoman) daughter of Pentecost: 40s
- Executors of George Abbott (brother, deceased), tanner: acquitted of all debts that he owed.
- Raynold Abbott (brother), yeoman, of Winterborne Kingeston, Dorset: acquitted of all other debts
on the repayment of £22 by 29 September next.
- Nicholas Ancketill (brother-in-law), woolen draper of Wimborne Minister:
Nicholas is indebted to pay Thomas Abbott £44.
If he pays 40s on 25 June next and £22 on 25 December next then he is discharged from other debt.
- Elizabeth Abbott (wife): residue
Executrix: Elizabeth (wife)
Overseers: Brewen Cockeram and Lewes Cockeram
‘He did say’ that he owed Peter Hayward, yeoman of Swanwich £22 on the Feast of Saint Michael
the Archangel and to William Farr, yeoman of Swanwich £24.
Raynold Abbott to pay £22 and Nicholas Ancketill to pay £24.
Also Mrs Agnes Abbott 52s 6d for a legacy given him by Edward Abbott (brother), Clerk deceased,
of John Bonfield of Woodhouse 46s 8d for a cow and £5 for the hire of the same to be paid
on the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel next.
Witness: John Quoke [?]
Proved: 16 May 1615 [index incorrectly dated 1614] (to Elizabeth, widow)
William Cuckman or Cookman, Yeoman of Currendowne, Swanwich, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 24 October 1616
- ‘being weak of body’
- Church of Sandwich: 3s 4d
- Poor: 3s 4d
- Joane (wife): goods, household stuff I received from her on our marriage.
One great pig or hog with 2 kine which I had from Corfe and a red mare also £10 of fleece wool,
a reefe of hay standing in the meadow at Aylewood, together with such beans and peas as are in the
house, all such butter and cheese as are ready made within my house, and oatmeal in the house
and bushels of malt.
- ‘Gregorie’ (son): 20s
- Gregorie and William sons of Gregorie (son): 10s
- John (son): 20s
I acknowledge myself indebted to Brune Cockeram, Clerk 2s 6d and to John Vye of Corfe 10s.
I further confess and truly and plainly profess that there is debt owed to me from Gyles Turner
of Owolsan [or Woolsand?] £10, from William Roberts of Herston £10, from John Bonfield of Woodhouse
40s to be paid on last day of April following, from Henry Toope of Ulwell 10s:
- all debts and other goods to Alice and Mary Cuckham (daughters).
Executrixes: Alice and Mary (daughters)
Overseers: Thomas Baylie and Henry Toope 5s each
Witness: Bruen Cockram
Proved: 24 January 1617 (to Alice and Mary Cuckham)
William Robarts, Yeoman of Herston, Swanwich, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 30 May 1653
- ‘being in good health but weak of body’
- to be buried in parish church of Swanwich and in consideration thereof gives 20s toward reparation of the church.
- Poor: 20s to be distributed by Churchwardens and Overseers
- Mary Cockram (daughter): one-third of lands, goods etc.
- James Haveland (son-in-law): one-third of lands, goods etc.
- Anne Talbott, wife of William: one-third of lands, goods etc.
- Mary George (sister): £5
- Anne Talbott (daughter): farm at Herston being inheritance of Sir Walter Earle, Knight to hold
to her after the death of Mary Cockram.
- Bridget Haveland, wife of James: £7 13 4d
- Mary, Lewis, Susanna, John and Alice children of Mary Cockram (daughter): £7 13 4d to be employed for their
best benefit until 21 years old or married.
- Elizabeth Cockram (another daughter of Mary Cockram): £20
- Bridgett, Alice and Lucy, children of Anne Talbott: £7 13 4d each. If one dies before 21 years then
into hands of executor for best benefit.
- James, Elizabeth, Mary, Robertha and Sarah, son and daughters of ‘Lucy’ Haveland (daughter):
£7 13 4d into their father’s hand for best use.
- Mary Cockram (daughter): best crock
- John Cockram: plough grave and harness, best bedstead with a feather bed, pair of blankets,
coverlid, bolster and pair of sheets. One-third of linen [tinnen?] pewter
- Anne Talbott (daughter): bedstead unfurnished in the Little Chamber.
- James Haveland: one-third of linen [tinnen?] pewter
- John George (cousin): ‘longest fowling piece’ and 10s
- 2s 6d to all Godchildren
- William Talbott, son of Anne: rest of goods
Executor: William Talbott, son of Anne
Guardian of William Talbott: Brune Cockram ‘my good friend’
Overseers: William Farr and John George
Brune Cockram, William Farre and John George: 10s each
Witnesses: George Talbott, William Melmoth, John George
Proved: 14 May 1655 (to Brune Cockram, guardian of William Talbott, minor of age)
Thomas Cockram, Gentleman of Whitcliffe, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 27 May 1715
- John Vincent, Gentleman of East Lynch, Isle of Purbeck and John Guy, Gentleman of Blandford Forum
the following in trust:
Capital farm called Whitcliffe with land, meadow and pasture; tenement at Whitcliffe with grounds
purchased by me of Abraham Hayward. In trust for them to raise £200 as part of a total £800
for marriage portion of Mary (daughter) due to her on her mother’s death. £20/year to Thomas (son)
until he ‘shall be placed at one of the universities’ and £40/year while he continues at university
and £20/year when removed from university. Payments to be made half yearly out of the premises.
Premises to be used by Mary (‘loving wife’) then to Thomas (youngest son). If no issue then to
Brune (eldest son).
Farm at Ulwell, Sandwich for remainder of term determinable on my death, Mary (wife) and Brune (son):
Mary (wife) to take rents, then Brune.
Farm at Bucknowle, Knowle alias Church Knowle, land and meadows to be mortgaged to raise
£600 for the residue of the marriage portion of Mary (daughter). £24/year for maintenance of
Mary (daughter) in meantime at half yearly payments. Premises to be used by John (son) then Brune (son).
Tenement and curtilage, backside and garden, South side of the Street, Sandwich and land, meadow
and pasture belonging purchased by Brune Cockram (late father) of Robert Bond (deceased) and others;
and close of meadow called Ingrams Mead; a messuage, curtilage, backside and garden purchased of
Edith Clode, widow; messuage tenement at Corfe Castle in possession of Sarah Hayward, widow and
meadow close called Kitt Close in my possession at Corfe Castle both the last mentioned being the
late inheritance of John Hayward (wife’s father), deceased; and all other tenements and lands in
Corfe Castle which belonged to John Hayward.
All above mentioned property in Sandwich: for use of Brune (son) then John (son)
All above mentioned property in Corfe Castle: for use of Mary (wife), then Brune (son) then John (son).
500 years term on Whitcliffe to start on the death of Thomas (son) and 500 years on Bucknowle
and Sandwich term limited to the trustees for intent on death of one of the 3 sons to put land on
mortgage of the land of the son dying without issue to raise £300: £100 to Anthony Wareham,
Gentlemen (husband of daughter Anna) in satisfaction of a covenant entered into by me and him
on his marriage. £100 to ‘daughter Vincent’. £100 to Mary (daughter). The sum of £300 not to be
raised until after death of Mary (wife).
- All children and ‘son Vincent’: suit of mourning.
- ‘son Vincent’: 10 guineas
- ‘daughter Vincent’: 20 guineas
- Poor of Sandwich who have no relief: 50s on day of funeral
- Mary (wife): rest of goods
- Trustees: John Vincent and John Guy 20s each
Witnesses: Joseph Culliford, Samuel Serell, John Tarrant
Proved: 27 November 1716 (to Mary (widow).
Joseph Hort, Mariner of ‘Swansage’, Dorset
Dated: 22 December 1712
- ‘taking a voyage to sea am a-minded to make this my last will and testament’
- Mary, Martha and Anne (3 daughters): all lands, leases, goods etc
Executors: James Pittman (‘loving father-in-law’) and his son William
Witnesses: William Mitchell, George Carter, Prudence Phillipps (X)
Proved: 20 January 1719/20 (on oath of executors)
Mary Cockram, widow, of Whitecliffe, Sandwich, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 10 January 1721
- John Vincent (‘loving son-in-law’): £20 to buy a piece of plate and a suit of mourning clothes
(to be paid in 12 months)
- Priscilla Vincent (daughter): ‘my mother’s wedding ring’, silver tobacco box, silver ‘groaning’
bowl and brass pan, pin cushion wrought with gold, silk christening mantle, silver spoon having
the head of one of the 12 Apostles cut thereon, 2 wrought stools, a wrought chair, 2 wrought
cushions, 2 great pewter dishes, large looking glass in the Parlour, the pictures of the Caesars
in the Parlour, my book of the Saints Everlasting Rest, the use of my book of Martyrs for her life,
and after her death it goes to the Executor of this will. £10 to buy a suit of mourning clothes.
- Mary Serrell (daughter): silver cup marked with the letters ‘M M and C C’, ‘the bed I usually lodged
on with the bedstead’, set of striped ‘Camblett’ curtains, set of red and white curtains in the Hall
Chamber, my shell work looking glass, 2 wrought pictures in the Parlour Chamber, 1 quilt lined with
white, silver pap dish, 1 of the best Holland sheets, 2 best ‘pillowvers’, green silk mantle lined with white,
little silver salt seller, great ‘Bellinettall’ skillet, 2 sliver spoons, my mother’s ‘Belinstal’ pot, 3 pewter
dishes that were my mother’s, 1 half dozen of small new pewter plates, 1 red and white bason, 2 china
dishes. £10 to buy a suit of mourning clothes.
- Brune Cockram (son): silver tankard marked with a Coat of Arms, 5 cane chairs, great arm cane chair,
black flowered champane looking glass, punch bowl and silver punch spoon, best bed in the Parlour
Chamber with bedstead, 1 great ‘Belmestall’ pot, 2 pewter dishes, 6 pewter plates, second great skillet,
little iron pot, the andirons in the Hall. £10 to buy a suit of mourning clothes.
- John Cockram (son): great silver salt seller, 6 cane chairs in the Parlour, 4 andirons with the fender and
the tongs belonging in the Parlour Chamber, £50. £10 to buy a suit of mourning clothes.
- Thomas Cockram (son): use of the great double table board, my furnace, great chest and cupboard
for his life then to go to the next lawful owner and possessor of Whitecliff Farm. Also to Thomas:
my clock in the Hall, silver cup with Coat of Arms cut therein, 6 silver spoons, silver dram dish,
malt mill, 2 table boards in the Parlour, 1 half dozen of leather chairs in the Hall, one pair of andirons
in the Parlour, great iron pot, bed in the Garret to be made sufficiently full of feathers by my executor,
1 bedstead in the Kitchen Chamber, 2 pewter dishes, half dozen of pewter plates. £10 to buy a suit
of mourning clothes.
- Anthony ‘Wareham’ (son-in-law): £10 to buy a suit of mourning clothes.
- Anna ‘Warham’ (daughter): two-handled silver cup, glass sweet water bottle, wrought box.
(The two-handled silver cup to then go to Elizabeth Warham (granddaughter)). £10 to buy a
suit of mourning clothes.
- Elizabeth Warham (granddaughter): £100 when 21 years old. If she dies before, then
it goes to Brune Cockram (son) in trust for the use of Anna Warham (daughter) for her life.
If she dies a widow then Brune Cockram stands possessed of the money for her only use.
Elizabeth Warham only to receive the money if ‘she be brought up and educated in the Protestant
Religion’. Also to Elizabeth: featherbed with green curtains, silver watch, 2 gold rings, dressing box
and powder box. £10 10s to buy a suit of mourning clothes.
- Priscilla Vincent, Anna Warham and Mary Serrell (daughters): wearing apparel and gold rings
to be equally divided.
- My 6 children Brune, John, Thomas, Priscilla, Anna and Mary: residue to be divided.
- Poor of Sandwich: £2 10s to be distributed by the Executor and Churchwardens and Overseers of the parish.
- Poor of Corfe Castle: £2 10s to be distributed by the Executor and Churchwardens and Overseers of the parish.
- Any such servant maid as shall happen to be living with me in the family whereunto I shall belong or
reside with at the time of my decease: 10s
- £30 to be laid aside for funeral expenses by my executor.
- Mr Cooke, Minister of Sandwich ‘may preach my funeral sermon and that I may be interred by my late
husband deceased in the Parish Church of Sandwich’. Tombstone to be laid on my grave and also
cause a tombstone to be laid on my late father John Hayward.
Executor: John Cockram (son).
Witnesses: John Jennings, Thomas Holmes, Sara Smith
Proved: 10 September 1722 (to John Cockram)
Brune Cockram Gentleman of Sandwich, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 25 October 1728
- £40 to be laid aside for funeral expenses. Body to be laid in a double coffin and to be carried to my grave
by 8 of my tenants to be as underbearers. Pallbearers to have silk hat bands and best of mourning gloves.
Under bearers to have common mourning gloves and Richard Brine, mariner and Jonathan Cole, taylor of
Northbrook and my trustees may have each of them a silk hat band and pair of best mourning gloves.
Grave to be 6 feet deep and close by Mary Cockram, widow (late mother) in the parish church of Sandwich.
Good tombstone to be laid on my grave. Bell to begin tolling at 8 O’clock in the morning before funeral
and to continue to 3 O’clock in the afternoon. Executor to choose a funeral sermon to be preached by
William Russell of Winbourn or Mr Maning of ‘Lanton’ and pay them 1 [?] piece of gold. Funeral subject
to be the 8th and 14th pieces of the 13th Chapters of the Epistle to the Hebrews.
- 20 poor persons settled inhabitants of Sandwich not receiving Alms: £5 to be paid in 3 months
- 20 poor persons settled inhabitants of Borough of Corfe Castle not receiving Alms: £5 to be paid in 3 months
- Thomas Cockram (brother): 1s
- John Vincent (brother-in-law): 1s
- Samuel Serrell (brother-in-law): 1s
- ‘Sister Vincent’: 1s
- Anthony Wareham (brother-in-law): 1s
- Anna ‘Waream’ (sister): 1s
- Elizabeth ‘Waream’ (niece): £5 to buy her a suit of mourning only and not to be laid out upon another occasion
- Mary Serrell (niece): £5 to buy her a suit of mourning only and not to be laid out upon another occasion
- Jane Serrell (niece): £5 to buy her a suit of mourning only and not to be laid out upon another occasion
- Richard Brine, mariner of Sandwich: £40 to be paid in 3 months
- Jonathan Cole, taylor of Northbrook: £30 to be paid in 3 months. Also my horse bridle and saddle.
- Richard Brine (aforesaid): best suit of clothes and Holland shirt, muslin cravat, pair of ‘stockins’ and hat
- Jonathan Cole (aforesaid): second best suit of clothes and Holland shirt, muslin cravat, pair of ‘stockins’ and hat
- Sarah Smith, spinster: £5 for suit of mourning on day on my death and use of all household goods, beds and
table linen and silver plate, my house in Sandwich ‘to be carefully taken care of by her’ for her life, then to
remain with my executor. Sarah Smith may ‘have the liberty of burning all my fuel that shall happen to be left’
in my house.
- Also messuage, garden, orchard in Sandwich called ‘Kerridges Tenement’ in my possession to
Sarah for her life to be kept by her in good and sufficient repair (except by accidental storms of weather
or fire which is not in her power to avoid. Executor to carry out repair work if this is the case.). After her
death to Thomas Cockram (brother) and if he has no issue then to John Cockram (brother)’s wife that shall
happen to be left surviving, then to my right heirs forever.
- Also annuity of £20 tax free to be made in quarterly payments on 29 September, 21 December, 25 March
and 24 June, out of my messuages and lands at Ower, Corfe Castle and the parish of Studland in occupation
of John Curtis.
- John Cockram (brother): above tenements mentioned in occupation of John Curtis and tenements and land
in Borough of Corfe Castle in occupation of John Benfield and Ralph Skreven and rest of lands. Then to his
wife surviving him then to my right heirs forever.
- Henry Vye, Samuel Serrell and Thomas Serrell, ‘marbles’ of Sandwich (‘my friends’): as trustees that
my will is performed. They are to be paid for their expenses and trouble and 40s each to be paid in 3 months.
- John Cockram (brother): the remainder
Executor: John Cockram (brother)
Witnesses: John Dolling, senior, Thomas Cole, Robert Sanders
Proved: 14 February 1728/29 (on oath to John Cockram, brother)